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KBBS Report of the Month

Our Bursary Scheme, funded by  a generous legacy from Mr Kenneth Black, provides small bursaries to students and people who are employed in horticulture.  You can find details of the scheme and how to apply on the main bursary scheme page.  Here we regularly feature a report from one of the beneficiaries:

July 2020 Report of the Month
An Exploration of the Ancient Woodlands of the UK...
Alice McKeever

1st Year Apprentice at Kew in June 2019

I began my apprenticeship in botanical horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in August 2018, and will graduate in August 2020. I moved into horticulture from a career as a copywriter and translator the year before, beginning with volunteer work on a Californian cannabis farm, followed by volunteering in London with The Conservation Volunteers in community gardens, Royal Parks and cemeteries; work in Alexandra Palace garden centre; and also in private gardens in West London.

As an apprentice at Kew I have two weeks special leave for a horticultural travel project to enrich my studies. Through research and many conversations with professionals at Kew I decided on a project entitled, ‘An exploration of the ancient woodlands of the UK: what lessons can horticulture learn from how the trees, understory and fungi grow together in these special habitats’.

I came to horticulture through a love of trees and forests. Beginning with woodlands in and around London. I extended this abroad during visits to the redwoods of California and Japanese red cedars of Yakushima, where I experienced some of the world’s largest, oldest and most magnificent trees. Presented with the opportunity of again travelling to learn more about the world’s plants, I was drawn to the native plants and habitats of the place where I grew up and now live and work; in particular its remaining ancient woodlands.

Read the full report here

A selection of other reports may be found here


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